The best way to find out if you are a good candidate is to schedule your FREE consult. Our team of providers can help evaluate your pain and prescribe the best treatment plan. With that being said, it’s important to educate yourself on why the muscle knots and how they can be treated. When tired, aching muscles won’t relax even after rest, there are few things you can try, such as gentle massage, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, and heat and cold therapies.
But when nothing you try seems to stop the pain, you may have a trigger point, otherwise known as a muscle knot.
At Schrock Medical, we use trigger point injections (TPI) to release the tension and stop the pain. A combination of a lidocaine and saline, this treatment works to quickly stop your pain and help keep it at bay with its anti-inflammatory properties.
Trigger point injections aren’t for every kind of pain. It’s not effective for joint pain, surgical site pain, lacerations, or broken bones. But if you have tight muscles that won’t release and you’re living in constant discomfort, trigger point injections might be exactly what you need.
If you have any of the following conditions, you might be a good candidate for TPI.
Pain in your back or neck can happen for a number of reasons and result in muscle spasms. These involuntary muscle contractions can happen anyone regardless of activity level or age.
Reduce your risk for these painful spasms by:
- Staying hydrated
- Consuming proper electrolytes to balance the body: potassium, sodium, and magnesium
- Stretching and foam rolling can help – pre and post workout
Sometimes though these muscle spasms just happen anyway, and when they hang on for days and weeks, they can interfere with your life. Trigger point injections stop the cycle of pain and spasming so you can relax the muscle and let it heal.
Fibromyalgia can be accompanied by widespread musculoskeletal pain. This condition can be unbearable and though the cause is unknown, medical experts believe fibromyalgia may be the result of trauma, excess stress, infection, or genetics.
Fibromyalgia affects the way your brain perceives pain. When nerves are overstimulated, this can alter neurotransmitters, that signal your brain to register the sensation of pain. As a result, your brain becomes conditioned to respond to the pain, even when there is no pain stimulus.
Typically, fibromyalgia sufferers experience pain all over their bodies, and in this case our providers administer trigger point injections where they can eliminate the most pain possible. Along with the TPI, we would recommend all natural pain/inflammation relief through our line of supplements. We have 4 supplements that might work in this case: Zymain, Salizain, Pro-Enz, and Formula 303. Read more about them here.
Myofascial pain syndrome
Unlike fibromyalgia, which also includes other symptoms such as cognitive difficulties, fatigue, and sleep problems, myofascial pain syndrome affects only your muscles.
Myofascial pain syndrome has a sneaky way of causing pain in other parts of your body. This is called “referred pain,” and it shows up anywhere along the path of the multiple nerves associated with your trigger point.
That’s where trigger point injections come in to stop the muscle pain and the referred pain.
When trigger points occur in your shoulders, neck, or head, they can cause tension headaches. If you’re prone to migraine headaches, and tension is one of your triggers, then trigger points can set off a migraine attack.
In any case, you could benefit from trigger point injections, which provide immediate relief from the migraine episodes.
There’s no need to suffer from trigger point pain any longer. Most types of pain can be resolved in a single treatment, but some need more than one to do the job. Our providers will recommended the best treatment plan for your condition.
Not sure if TPI are right for you? Give us a call to schedule your FREE consultation and we’ll evaluate your condition/s and recommend the care plan that is right for you! Fill out the appointment form here.